Definition of hypnosis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪpˈnəʊsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪpˈnoʊsɪs//
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  1. 1an unconscious state in which somebody can still see and hear and can be influenced to follow commands or answer questions She only remembered details of the accident under hypnosis. changes in breathing observed during hypnosis the things that people remember under hypnosis
  2. 2= hypnotism He uses hypnosis as part of the treatment. Hypnosis helped me give up smoking.
  3. Word Originlate 19th cent.: from Greek hupnos ‘sleep’ + -osis.
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